According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. It outranks cancer, accidents and unintentional injuries, stroke and diabetes.
This terrifying epidemic claims the lives of numerous Americans each year. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11% of adults are currently diagnosed with heart disease. That’s why it’s important to learn the risk factors and steps you can take to decrease your chances of heart disease.
Am I at Risk for Heart Disease?
Poor lifestyle habits can make just about anyone a candidate for heart disease. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking are three key risk factors; about half of all Americans have at least one of these three risks.
Other medical conditions and lifestyle choices that put you at risk for heart disease include:
- Being Overweight or Obese
- Poor diet
- Physical inactivity
- Excessive alcohol abuse
Start Protecting Your Heart
If you think you may be at risk for heart disease, visit a cardiologist to learn more.
St. Vincent’s offers a wealth of options for those suffering from heart disease, like rehabilitation programs and a host of minimally invasive surgeries . We also proudly offer educational resources, like our Heart Failure Clinic and University .